Bold is not always best, as demonstrated this year at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Many of the designers went lower key with their planting and materials, favouring softer colour combinations and more naturalistic planting. Even sculptures and water features were less imposing and blended a bit more harmoniously with their surroundings.
In the Wedgwood Garden, designed by Jo Thompson, a contemporary Corten steel sculpture is softened by lush soft planting of Euphorbia mellifera and Osmunda regalis.
The colour palette in The Morgan Stanley Garden, designed by Chris Beardshaw, is rich but subtle, with bronze, yellow and purple among the green. While it keeps the style low-key, combined with the modern hard-landscaping and established shrubs and trees, the garden feels sophisticated.
Laying different foliage plants with the delicate flowers of Tiarellas creates a soft visual display.